003917-2018 - Assistant/Associate Professor of Early Childhood Development and Learning


The Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) at Purdue University is searching for an Assistant or Associate Professor with expertise in early childhood development and early learning (birth through 8 yrs.). Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies, Psychology, Education or comparable degree by the start of the position. Expertise in early literacy would complement existing strengths in the department but candidates with other specializations in this field are encouraged to apply.


The successful candidate will be responsible for initiating, conducting, and publishing research, including procuring internal and external funding; teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the early childhood licensure program and other areas of the department, mentoring students; and engaging in service at the campus, community, state, and/or national level. We are seeking a faculty member with a strong research program that is capable of attracting external funding.

HDFS is located in the College of Health and Human Sciences, affording many opportunities to develop interdisciplinary collaborative research. Other research foci in the department include health & well-being, interpersonal relations, culture & diversity, and military families. HDFS maintains spacious and well-equipped research facilities and centers, including the Ben & Maxine Miller Laboratory Preschool, the Center for Families, Cooperative Extension, and the Military Family Research Institute.



Applicants should send a cover letter summarizing their research and teaching, a curriculum vitae, and representative publications to: HDFS-Faculty-Search@purdue.edu. Applicant should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the same address. Review of applications will begin October 5, 2018 and continue  until the position is filled. Questions about the position may be directed to Dr. David Purpura, (purpura@purdue.edu) chair of the search committee. Preliminary inquiries are welcome.

Purdue University’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

A background check will be required for employment in this position. 

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.


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